I've got another blog with my usual self-deprecating tone started, but I had already been thinking that I should be nicer to myself during my sorority's international "Fat Talk Free Week," which is an amazing initiative, and a somewhat brave one for a sorority (where many would think body image is torn down, although that was totally NOT my experience as a Tri Delta!) so it only seems fair for me to stay on board. Put my uh, mouth where my mouth is?
Anyhow, when I saw this post over on Oh She Glows, and decided that it's better for me to talk about the good stuff.
She gives 16 reasons why she loves her body, so here are a few of mine:
1) I can get away without training, because if I tell my body to keep going I know it will. Even when the spirit is weak, my body is possibly slow, but still willing. (Hey- no one said I had to be SLOW talk free! Heh.)
2) My body grew a person, quite possibly the most amazing person I've ever met. No matter how frustrated I get with my body (or with my little man), the baby growing process is pretty damn cool!
3) My body, including my face, really don't lie. I have ZERO poker face, and that's not a bad thing. I'm emotional, expressive, and project it all from pretty much every bit of me.
4) It's taken a long time, but I like my smile, dimples and all. (Much easier to appreciate when you see mirrored in the guy mentioned in #2)
5) My health may not be PERFECT, but I am healthy.
6) I can dance, jump and move. I am a triathlete. My body can swim, bike & wun, all in a row. As my son likes to point out, neither he nor his dad swim (and the dog can't ride a bike) so I'm the only one at my house who can do that! :)
As I mentioned above, the other part of this post is give a little shout out to my sisters of Delta Delta Delta. Our open motto is "Let us steadfastly love one another" but that's awfully hard to do if you don't start by loving yourself. Sometime I might go into my high school & college flirtations with eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia respectively) but suffice it to say that in the world of photoshopped supermodels, I think this is a VERY important and for college girls everywhere, timely, message.
Check them out at http://www.endfattalk.org/